Land of the Free

Happy Friday Eve (aka Thursday), darlings! I hope July is off to a great start for you all.

This weekend, July kicks off with fun and celebration with friends and family. Whether you’re heading out to the lake, going to a backyard barbecue, or just hanging around town with friends, 4th of July weekend is a fun time with loved ones and a great excuse to throw some patriotic spirit and festivity into your outfit!

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Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Dailylook | Shoes: Converse | Belt: Cotton On | Bracelet: Anthropologie | Sunnies: Forever 21

 

What I’ve found to be a common occurrence in the past is that of some people wearing extreme outfits in which it could be assumed that they bought a flag and made a dress of it, or wearing red, white, and blue in overwhelming ways. That got me to thinking, and I realized that there are more flattering ways to wear the patriotic colors without looking like Betsy Ross passionately put your outfit together and still maintaining the fun vibes. I thought it would be fun to share a casual and cute outfit idea for the 4th of July that incorporates the red, white, and blue while looking cool and ever so American. (:

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Just admiring some imaginary fireworks then laughing as I remember it’s daytime and it’s not the 4th of July just yet… (:
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This outfit is perfect for celebrating the 4th and hanging out with friends and family. The boxy, blue and white, striped crop is a great compliment to the white, distressed, high-waisted shorts and balances out the color. Not only do the colors look great, but the wide and boxy top and cinched waist of the shorts will make your waist look a lot smaller! The horizontal stripes are also very flattering.

By the way, can we take notice of the fact that white converse already have all the U.S. colors? Simple and cute… I like it!

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Now, let’s talk makeup!

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Because my top is already so dark and I decided to sport a bold red lip, I opted for an overall softer eye and naturally blushed cheeks. I used a medium gold shadow on my lid, a rosy red on the outer half of my lid, and then a medium brown in my crease for definition. I lined my eyelids with the black liquid liner “Stiletto” by Maybelline and defined my lashes by using Maybelline’s Falsies Colossal Cat Eyes mascara. To add a light color to my cheeks, I lightly dusted a warm, rosy blush with tan undertones onto the apples of my cheeks.

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Wearing red lipstick is a great way to bolden your makeup look as well as tie your patriotic look together.

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“OMG I love America!!!”

Well, my loves, there you have it! I hope you all liked this outfit and that it gave you guys some ideas for your own ensemble on the 4th of July! I really love this look, and it’s so great for watching fireworks with friends, chilling out at the lake, or just having backyard fun with the family. If you guys want to share your 4th of July outfits with me, tweet me pictures because I’d love to see them! Just tag me (@StuddedCollar) in your pictures and I’ll retweet some of them. While you’re at it, check out my Instagram and my Facebook page! I’m always super active on Instagram and Twitter, so follow me to keep up with the adventures!

Also, a huge shoutout and an even bigger thank you to my friend, Rachel for taking these awesome photos. Check out her instagram here!

Remember to have fun, stay safe, and always, always, always…
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Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

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Paris for a Day: Camille Albane Salon Grand Opening

*Opens hypothetical door leading to a feathery pink room that is the blogging chamber of my brain*

*In a sing-song voice* Guess who’s baaaack!

Yes, you must be thinking to yourself as you stare at your computer screen, “This seems to be a recurring thing- disappearing and reappearing and continuing to do so in a viciously stylish cycle. We miss you!!!” Never fear, my loves, Kay B is here, and here to stay. I have some fun new posts and projects coming up and I do not want to miss a beat! Summer is finally here, and as the seasons have begun a fresh start, I have to. Enough chit-chat: Let’s start our fresh start together.

On Wednesday, DFW Style Daily hosted a party for the Grand Opening of Camille Albane, a renowned Parisian Salon that has now opened their first location in Texas. I had the chance to attend the petite fête and learn more about this stellar salon!

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Let me offer you a little bit of background information. Camille Albane, as I mentioned before, is a well known Parisian salon that began in France in 1994 and has now not only established itself as one of the most popular franchised hair salons in Europe, but also extended its influential reach to other countries, including the U.S. This salon is unlike any other, and is quite a trend-setting organization.

Does the term balayage? sound familiar to you? If it does, then you have Camille Albane Salons to thank- the Dessange Paris chain that owns Camille Albane created the balayage trend in the early 1970s, and the hair coloring technique was grown and perfected in the Camille studios. For those of you currently scratching your heads, Balayage is a technique that offers a more natural and sun-kissed version of the popular ombre look. It’s one of the top “in” hair trend of the summer, and Camille Albane is the salon that popularized it.

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An example of warm brown to blonde balayage

Boasting 300 locations in 11 countries, Camille Albane has graced Texas with its very first salon by the franchise. DFW Style Daily’s leading ladies, Leah Frazier, Amber LaFrance, and Lisa Petty, hosted a fabulous soiree that included a giveaway, massages, a braid bar, and a makeup station.

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Fun Fact: Every item in the salon, including the furniture, was imported from France! The employees of the new Texas location were even trained by Camille Albane professionals who were flown in from France!

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My friend, Rachel, and I smiling into some French-imported mirrors. (:

Camille Albane offers several services and products, but the most interesting one, in my opinion, is their Natural Pigma shampoo.

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The Natural Pigma Shampoo is unlike anything I have ever seen before. What this shampoo does is it temporarily colors your hair or revives the warmth and tones in your hair. Yes, you read that correctly, this shampoo can temporarily color your hair! There is a base for the shampoo that actually cleans your hair, then, with the help of a specialist at the Camille Albane salon, you can choose any combination of hair colors from the 11 options to be added to your shampoo. These colors can be customized to give you a new, brighter, or cooler color, to maintain the color of already dyed hair, or even to simply liven the color of your hair and make it more dimensional! The combination possibilities are endless, and you will be sure to get a color that is made just for you! 

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The best part is that this shampoo gives you color without the commitment. When you use the shampoo, it is best to leave it in your hair for 7-10 minutes for the best, most noticeable results. However, if you end up not liking the color you ended up with, just lather your hair up with your normal shampoo the next time you wash your hair, and that will wash the color right out!

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Rachel got a bottle of her customized Natural Pigma shampoo to brighten up her brunette locks.

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Dress: Forever 21 | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Ralph Lauren |  Belt: Cotton On |

I got to meet one of my readers (this lovely lady) at the party, too. She came up to me and said hi, she was such a sweetheart! If any of you see me out and about, please always feel free to come up and say hello. I don’t know what I would do without your support, and I love you guys! ❤

image It was so fun to reunite with the ever so bright Valery Brennan and to meet sweet Sevi. Both of these ladies are bloggers too, so be sure to show them some love and visit their blogs!

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Ms. Frazier and I met again and posed for a picture to show just how much we la-la-love DFW Style Daily. (:

The Grand Opening of Camille Albane was so much fun, and I loved getting to reunite with friends and meet some new faces. Shoutout to my friend, Rachel, for attending the event with me! (:

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I have so much in store for you all, and I can not wait to share it all with you guys! If you have any suggestions for articles you want to see from me, just comment down below or tweet me your ideas. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter to keep up with me when I’m not uploading on to the blog as well! I love you guys oodles and oodles, and until next time…

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Kisses, from Cher and Dionne (if you understand my reference, then you get an A+ from me and you win at life.)

Stay Fab,

Kay B xx.

A Night Among the Stars: FGI Rising Stars Award Show

Hello hello, my loves, and Happy Snowy Studded Collar Saturday (boy, is that a mouthful…) Yes, I have been absent from the blogosphere for much longer than I would ever have liked, but being a full time student and having such a demanding schedule really takes a toll! But I promise to be a bit more consistent from now on. (:

What better way to get back into the groove of things than to share with you my experience at my very first award show?

IMG_5930I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Fashion Group International Rising Stars Award Show in Dallas this past Thursday, and what a show it was! For those who do not know, the Rising Stars Awards are granted to those in the art and fashion industry who have truly made their mark in their area of expertise. These fields include art, photography, jewelry, beauty, interior design, and, of course, fashion. It was so humbling to be in the presence of such hard workers who have really made a name for themselves, and I was honored to be among them that evening.

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Along with the award shows, the night also included a series of fashion shows from big-name brands like Macy’s, BCBGeneration, Karen Millen, Nordstrom, Belk, and Aftershock London. Here are some shots from the first show by Macy’s.

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I loved the vibrancy of the collection. In every piece color was incorporated and each caught everyone’s eye. In all honesty, there were some looks that were a little too busy in color for my liking. However, each piece within those ensembles was gorgeous and we must remember that not every outfit is ready to wear off of the runway- some are merely meant to inspire!

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This is my favorite look from the Macy’s show because it displays a cute way to dress up a tee-shirt dress that can also easily be dressed down. The pop of color in the shoes was a great choice by the stylist- not too overwhelming, but easily makes a statement.

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Next came the BCBGeneration show. This collection was a stark contrast to the previous of Macy’s- here we were shown a gorgeous compilation of spring pieces in neutral tones with some sparse, light additions of color every so often. The color scheme was made of black, blue and white and the outfits themselves were not at all structured. I think that BCBG did a wonderful job of capturing the carefree and loose aesthetic of spring while maintaining a chic and put together collection. Bravo!

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The romper on the left is so cute. I love the balance of the full-length sleeves with the shorts. A great piece to own for Spring and an even better addition to purchase for Spring Break! *heart eyes*

More runway shows ensued from brands like Karen Millen…

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Can we take a moment to appreciate how flawlessly BCBG combined two of the top trends right now- Leather AND Fringe??? Way to make it to my heart, darlings. *swoon*

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The awards were given in a staggered manner, so after every few runway shows, a few awards were given. The lovely Mrs. Shay Geyer, IBB  Designer and Good Morning Texas Design Expert was the emcee of the evening and did a fantastic job hosting the night. The first awards were for the Rising Stars in Beauty, Jewelry Design, and Art.

IMG_5850Congratulations to Dr. Nalia Malik, the Rising Star in Beauty…

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Megan Thorne, Rising Star in Jewelry Design…

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And Shayema Rahim, the Rising Star in Art!

I would love to also extend my congratulations to the Rising Star in Photography, Brandon Lyon, and the Rising Star in Interior Design, Brant McFarlain.

Besides seeing the awards and watching the shows, I did have my fair share of fun and met/ reunited with some wonderful people!

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It was such an honor to meet the lovely designer Lucy Dang who was also in the running for a Rising Star award in Fashion. I am in love with her designs and beautiful execution, and she was just as sweet in person as I thought her to be. (:IMG_5926

I also had the honor of meeing co-founder and Editor of DFW Style Daily, Leah Frazier. She was so fun to chat with and it was so great to speak to someone as accomplished as her- I gained quite a few key lessons from her. Go check out her online publication, DFW Style Daily, if you haven’t already!

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Fellow bloggers Cydni of It’s Her Strut, Ty Jones of Words and Wardrobes, and I hit it off and had some fun with the photo booth. (: They’re funny, sweet, and incredibly smart. Go feast your eyes upon their blog goodness!

OK STORY TIME~~

While chatting it up with others in the biz like Alex Young of Eat Style Dallas, photographer extraordinaire Stephanie Drenka of Geek Glam, and Velma Puente of VP Cosmetics, I would see men in police uniforms walking around the venue. My first thought was, “Wow, security is pretty tight around here if they’re mingling among the guests!” Then, later in the evening I saw the two officers looking at me from behind their cop glasses (BTW: the technical term for “cop glasses” is Aviators. Please remember this…) and they stopped me in my tracks. They asked if I was having a good time and I responded saying of course I was! Then they said that after inspecting me for a little bit they were going to have to give me a citation- my first citation!!! “Oh gosh, a citation for what, officers?” I responded with a light laugh and a smile.

“A citation… for being Fashionably Fierce!!!”

No, these were not your every day police officers.

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These were the Fashion Police.

The Fashion Police prowled the venue throughout the evening and gave out “citations” to some of the best dressed of the evening. Needless to say I was quite flattered and was more than excited to receive my first positive citation from the (Fashion) Police.

I even got to take my first “mugshot”!

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The last award of the evening was the most exciting one- Rising Star in Fashion! The nominees were Lucy Dang, the designer I had the pleasure of meeting earlier that evening; Esé Azénabor, a friend of mine and newly showcased designer at Spring/ Summer New York Fashion Week 2015; and Binzario Couture, who shared a gorgeous bridal collection.

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And last, but by no means least, Esé Azénabor

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After watching all three shows, I think everyone can agree that it was anyone’s game. All three designers were equally deserving of the award as they and their designs were absolutely phenomenal- out of this world!

In the end, Lucy Dang took home the award and now holds the title of Rising Star in Fashion. Congratulations!

After the show’s finale, I met up with dear friend and designer, Allison Mitchell, who looked fabulous as usual. I also got to chat with Esé for a bit afterwards and she, too, looked flawless and was just as warm and bubbly as ever.

IMG_6437IMG_6438Allison and Esé showed at NYFW together, pairing Esé’s clothes with Allison’s purses, and they put on quite a show! Check out both of their websites for more details regarding their work and products.

It was a dream of a night and I still feel humbled to say I laughed and danced among the stars, rising and risen. Thank you, FGI, for such a memorable night!IMG_6441

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, and like my Facebook page to keep up with me when I’m not blogging! If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below, or, if you have any questions, shoot me an email at thestuddedcollar@gmail.com (:

Stay Fab, darlings,

Kay B xx.